Among the most "banned" books in the United States, Uncle Tom’s Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly is a novel by American author Harriet Beecher Stowe which treats slavery as a central theme. Stowe was a Connecticut-born teacher at the Hartford Female Academy and an active abolitionist. The novel is believed to have had a profound effect on the North’s view of slavery. In fact, when he met Harriet Beecher Stowe, President Lincoln is said to have commented, "So you're the little lady whose book started the Civil War." First published on March 20, 1852, the story focuses on the tale of Uncle Tom, a long-suffering black slave, the central character around whose life the other characters—both fellow slaves and slave owners—revolve. The novel depicts the harsh reality of slavery while also showing that Christian love and faith can overcome even something as evil as enslavement of fellow human beings. (Summary by Wikipedia and John Greenman)
Note From the Reader: The listener is about to enter a world rich with diverse characters. In order to differentiate between the characters, the reader has given each, his/her own voice. As an adult male reader, however, the reader’s representation of women and children will, necessarily be less than adequate. He asks for your indulgence.
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February 23, 2013 Subject:
An excellent rendition of one of my favorite books of all time! Thanks!
February 15, 2012 Subject:
This is the second best recording I've heard from Librivox. The voices are a bit rough at first, but the reader does a wonderful job. Very professional.
July 27, 2011 Subject:
Terrific reading of a classic book
This is my first time "reading" Uncle Tom's Cabin. Mr. Greenman's performance is truly first-rate. Melodrama ain't easy, and neither is political propaganda, and this reader gives the whole thing the emotional weight it deserves. Chapter 12 is a masterpiece.
November 17, 2008 Subject:
After a chat about the use of the term "Uncle Tom" I am so happy to find such a well read copy of this book. Now I can share with people that have never heard of the story or its overtones.
November 17, 2008 Subject:
Awesome reader, made the story super clear! Specially the different voices of the characters
April 7, 2008 Subject:
An excellent recording
Uncle Tom's Cabin, which appeared first in serial form in an abolitionist newspaper, The National Era, in 1851-52, was written largely in Brunswick. In 1852 the story was published in book form in two volumes. Uncle Tom's Cabin was a best seller in the United States, England, Europe, Asia, and translated into over 60 languages. The passage of the Fugitive Slave Act in 1850, which deeply distressed Harriet, was a factor in inspiring her to write Uncle Tom's Cabin. This Act made it a crime for citizens of free states to give aid to runaway enslaved people.
Uncle Tom's Cabin humanized slavery by telling the story of individuals and families. Harriet portrayed the physical, sexual, and emotional abuse endured by enslaved people. When she created the character of Eliza, the slave mother, Harriet drew upon her own experiences. In 1849 Harriet's own son Charley died of cholera when he was only eighteen months old. While remembering Charley's death, Harriet thought about how terrible it would be for a slave mother to lose a child because the child was sold. She wondered how a slave mother would feel, never knowing what happened to her own child.
A highly recommended reading. Many thanks to Mr John Greenman for his excellent performance.
March 31, 2008 Subject:
Well read. Pleasent voice. The character voices enhanced an already excellent story. Read at a good pace. I look forward to hearing more from this reader.
February 23, 2008 Subject:
This was a super read! The reader was very clear and had super accents to go along with each of the main characters. This has been one of my favorite "listens" so far! Great book, incredible reader!! Allyson Hester (ally99)
November 25, 2006 Subject:
The reader did an exceptional job and I will definately be back to listen to other books. It helped me to better comprehend the material and prepare for my upcoming test. 4 Stars.